Five perfectly preserved classic pre-war automobiles have been found in an Austin barn, where they have been stored for four decades.
Antonio Brunet, founder and chairman of Motostalgia Auctions, is now helping the cars’ owner take them to auction, where high estimates put the combined value of the find at more than $700,000.
The collection includes three Cadillacs built between 1932 and 1938, a 1923 electric model from a now-defunct car maker and a 1908 REO Model G Boattail Roadster. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. The 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Convertible found in the barn (pictured) could fetch $350,000 at auction.
2. The car likely to fetch highest bids in that auction, scheduled for June 12 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is a 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Convertible (pictured).
3. The cars found in the barn (pictured) are owned by a man who moved to Texas from Wisconsin in the 70s.
Brunet told Fox News:
It’s the Holy Grail for a car guy. Opening the doors, seeing the cars covered in dust, untouched for years… It’s like you’re in a time machine.
The cars are owned by a Wisconsin man named Jack (he doesn’t want his last name publicized) who moved to Texas in the 70s and who always intended to fix them up, but never found the time to do it. Brunet said:
He had some amazing vehicles that he put away in his new barn, always with the intention of getting the time and money to fix them.
4. The 1923 Milburn Electric Model 27L (pictured) could get anywhere from $90,000 to $125,000.
5. The cars are owned by a man who moved to Texas from Wisconsin in the 70s and who always intended to fix up the vehicles, but never found the time. Pictured is the 1933 Cadillac Model 370C Town Coupe V-12.
Forty years on, Jack finally decided to put the classic cars up for auction.
The car likely to fetch highest bids in the auction, which is scheduled for June 12 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is a 1932 Cadillac 370B V-12 Convertible. Brunet said:
It was used as a prototype to show executives to see if they would approve the concept of a Victoria convertible.
That Cadillac might fetch as much as $350,000 next month at its first public sale.
6. This 1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood Limousine could fetch as much as $45,000 to $65,000.
7. The oldest car, a 1908 REO Model G Boattail Roadster/Sedan Tonneau (pictured), could fetch between $75,000 and $95,000.
The other two Cadillacs are a 1933 Model 370C V-12 Town Coupe and 1938 Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood Limousine and they could potentially get as much as $75,000 and $65,000, respectively.
A 1923 Milburn Electric Model 27L could fetch anywhere from $90,000 — $125,000. The oldest car, a 1908 REO Model G Boattail Roadster/Sedan Tonneau, could fetch between $75,000 and $95,000.
While not a classic “barn find”, because the cars’ owner never lost track of them, Brunet says this is an exciting find nonetheless. He said:
I think the main reason why barn finds are so exciting is that most car guys like originality. Cars that are 40, 50, 80, 100 years old or more… They’ve transitioned from basic transportation to collectible vehicles.
8. Texas barn find: Five pre-war automobiles discovered.
Source: Fox News.
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